Continuing today’s adventure, I drove a car!
All the way to Short Pump.
Fact: Thanks to our trip in Montana that took up a lot of January, today was the FIRST TIME THIS YEAR I PUT GAS IN MY CAR! And it’s March!
Less driving = less fuel. More biking for all!
[I do realize these were extreme conditions with our trip and all, but still a fun fact!]
I drove to Short Pump [outside of Richmond] to meet my blogging friend Chelsea for dinner!
But first, a few stops. [Oh, and continuing the Pump theme – I ate pumpkin today and went to BodyPump!]
Crate + Barrel and Pottery Barn side-by-side! I had a lot of fun oogling over items, but I surprisingly didn’t buy anything. I have a two-item rule at stores. If I see on thing I like, it’s not worth the effort of waiting to checkout and making a transaction. If I see two items, I buy them. Kind of a dumb rationalization, but my psyche is not normal!
I also stumbled into LOFT since I have two giftcards from Christmas!
I tried on these cute dresses. I liked both, but they did not fit like gloves. Or rather, they fit too much like gloves so I did not buy them.
Of course I can’t go to Richmond without stocking up…
Tiger – be scared. Be very scared.
I got my usual staples: smoked herring, bananas, nuts, and some smoked salmon, hummus and goat cheese that I put in my lunchbox filled with ice packs.
To eat [the lighting was REALLY dark!!] I had a cup of soup – A Potato + Corn Chowder with bread
S a v o r y Go a t C h e e s e S a l a d | fresh cut romaine tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, sundried tomatoes & toasted almonds topped with a warm goat cheese medallion encrusted with sundried tomatoes
Both were good, but not outstanding.
The desserts – which came in mini portions – were outstanding! We shared the Chocolate Torte, which was warm and topped with a heavenly marshmallow whipped cream
And a mini crème brulee – with a super crunchy sugar crust!
Over our wonderful conversation, we both agreed that the live music was fabulous. This guy placed all the great soft rock classes – from Carolina In My Mind to Homeward Bound.
The road trip to and from Short Pump is really not that bad – about an hour each way. Remember when I used to drive that DAILY during my internship a year ago!? Having my mom to chat with on my phone (with a headset!) always makes the time fly. She’s sending me a bunch of food appropriate linens for mealtime design!
I’m back at home – but Matt is still out at the Cville Homebrewers Meeting. This could be a late night…!